Course Title: Casting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Casting

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3471

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Kirsten Haydon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2430

Course Coordinator Email: kirsten.haydon@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will explore the physical properties of a range of materials and processes used in small scale metal casting. Processes covered will include lost wax, cuttlefish, multiple and ingot casting. You will develop strategies for the integration of casted objects into the building of three-dimensional forms. This course will assist you to develop conceptual, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns as related to the casting of metal objects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • form, develop and implement a vision and philosophy of art as a profession, contributing to the positive development of culture in both local and international contexts
     


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • competently use tools to explore a range of materials including wax and effectively utilise surface finishing such as filing, emery work and polishing to make a range of works
  • describe and use the physical properties of a range of metals and alloys
  • investigate directions that inform your professional and creative growth and catalyse invention, innovation and refinement of your work
  • critically reflect on your own work and the work of others by considering the formal and aesthetic concerns related to the casting of metal objects
  • describe and apply specific occupational, health and safety measures when making works using metal, processes
     


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools.

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore technologies, tools and processes such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical and workshop equipment and processes, and hardware and software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.